The guide to #WeddingHashtags

The guide to #WeddingHashtags
img-20150526-wa0068.jpg

In the last two years, the Indian wedding scene has seen a lot of hashtags; some sheer brilliance, some mediocre and few you simply can’t read. The wedding hashtag is a great idea, for the very obvious reason that all your wedding pictures are under the hashtag. Professional photographers can take up to four weeks to edit and deliver the pictures, so this is the best way to relive the wedding. Lately though the hashtags have become an identity of sorts. We started using our wedding hashtag (#KrupAbhi) at the time of our bachelor parties and by the wedding our gifts had our hashtag on them, instead of our names. As a couple, we are addressed by our hashtag now and I continue to use it while posting about our new life.

So the hashtag may have one large purpose, but it has to be something you can relate to. Most of the time, a friend or a relative creates a hashtag and it catches on, so be sure to discuss the hashtag with them before it starts getting popular.  Here are five things to help you make a fun and memorable hashtag

  • Keep it simple: The only way you can get your guests to use, it is by keeping it simple. If it is extremely complicated or too long, people will refrain from using it or use it wrong. Either way it has defeated the purpose and you can end up missing some special shots from the wedding.  Also don’t go overboard, only one hashtag per wedding please ☺
  • The name game: The easiest way to make a wedding hashtag, is using bride and grooms name. What I love the most about it is how timeless it is. Before you decide on the final hashtag be sure to have explored all the options using your nicknames, middle names and surnames; mix and match them up to find a unique hashtag.
  • Check for availability: I know a lot of couples forget to do this. Please ensure someone else has not already used the hashtag. By using the same hashtag, you will not only ruin your memories but theirs too. With some Indian names being extremely common, there is a possibility of the hashtag being used earlier. Add the year of the wedding if required.
  • Try Hinglish and other languages: Get creative. Alliterations and rhymes are fun especially if it is in the local language. Something like #ShahKiShaadi works well. It is catchy and extremely fun. The ultimate goal is to have something that your guests find easy to remember.
  • Capitalize: I can’t stress the need to capitalize words in the hashtag enough. #mereyaarkishaadi is confusing instead try #MeriYaarKiShaadi. The latter is extremely readable. The only way to avoid spelling errors and awkward misreading is to capitalize. When your guests use it, they don't have to capitalize every word—it will still work the same either way.
  • Let people know:  Let the people beyond your first circle know the hashtag. Decide on the hashtag early, let your guests know by using it, putting it on the save the date, printing it on the invitation and having your friends use it while posting anything related to the wedding. You can then remind people on the day of the wedding by putting up signs at the venue entrance.

What was your wedding hashtag? Did you create it on your own? How popular was it? Tell about your hashtag, I would love to check it out and don’t forget to check out #KrupAbhi.